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Failing at Prediction, Succeeding at Bias

In Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the future can be predicted through a new method known as psychohistory. It’s a concept that turns up quite a lot — not only in science-fiction but from every so-called analyst, expert, advisor, talking head, and pundit across the spectrum of armchair philosophers and industry insiders.

We’re not talking about [...]

Good Science, Bad Headline

So according to a BBC news report, Plants ‘can think and remember’.

The science reported in the article is fascinating, but I believe an argument can be made that plants are not actually “thinking”, at least in the sense that we thinking humans understand the term. Humans love to anthropomorphise things.

Imagine the slippery slope [...]

Prescribed By America’s Doctor

This past week, “America’s Doctor”, Dean Edell, prescribed something for all six million of his weekly radio listener.

Read the book Don’t Believe Everything You Think: The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking. The author is Thomas Kida, professor of accounting in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. The book [...]

Conversational Fight Or Flight

A recent email from a listener had summed up what I think is a common situation that most of us have to deal with.

I have friends that I’ve known for twenty years. Those friends could be described as conspiracy theorists or denialists. They are not crazy, have jobs and many people who meet them [...]

Curious Quantum Questions

We recently received the following email question:

I have been studying quantum physics for a bit now and was hoping that Bob could give his explanation of The Uncertainty Principle and Wave/Particle duality.

My first question is… Is the drawing of a wave (on paper) just a 2D representation of a more abstract idea of [...]